Jan 26: Why Read the Bible Pt2

There are many reasons as to why Christians should regularly read their Bibles.  In last week’s column, some reasons given were: (1) Because Christ died for all our sins; (2) because Christ is Lord; and (3) for our flourishing, joy, peace, and spiritual growth.  In light of our Bible Reading Accountability Group (B.R.A.G.) movement, here are a few more reasons to remind ourselves why it is worth spending a portion of our day intensively in God’s Word:

4. To know the truth.  We live in a day and age where the very concept of truth is being attacked.  People will ask the very question, ‘what is truth?’ To that I say: “The chair I’m currently sitting on is a chair.  I don’t have to question if it’s a chair or not.” We don’t believe in Christianity simply because it’s a nice idea or makes us feel good.  We believe in Christianity because it’s true; Jesus really lived, died, and was resurrected on the third day—the resurrection being proof that He truly is the Son of God.  Also, Jesus promises that when we know the truth, the truth will set us free (John 8:32).  Because the truth of God’s Word reminds us of the gospel and of the invisible spiritual reality taking place around us, we become better alert of the presence of our God and to the schemes of the enemy.  In 2 Timothy 3:7, Paul reminds Timothy that the reason why people are straying into more and more ungodliness is because they are ‘always learning but never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth’.  When we sway from God’s Word, we will inevitably find ourselves in more sin.   

5. To know God.  At the end of the day, this is what it’s really about.  When we read the Scriptures, we are hearing the voice of God to get to know the Person of God.  The Bible is not a school textbook that is used to merely fill our heads with knowledge.  Rather, it is the primary means by which a living and active God uses to speak to His people.  Therefore, we read the Scriptures to get to know the Person of Jesus Christ.  And there is no silver bullet in this—if you want to truly get to know someone it requires time, energy, and dialogue; and it’s the same with God.   

6. So we don’t waste our lives. The reason why we struggle with spending time in God’s Word daily is because we’re proud.  Deep down inside, we think we don’t need God.  Paul Washer alludes to the fact that the greatest Christians used by God in church history had one thing in common: they were aware of how weak they were.  And it’s this awareness of their weakness that drove them to desperately seek the LORD in Word and prayer.  God does not look at the outer appearance but instead looks at the condition of the heart (1 Sam. 16:7)…and the type of heart that He uses is one that is humble, broken and contrite (Ps. 51:17; Ja. 4:6).  If we desire to be used by God and wish to avoid wasting our lives, we must humble ourselves and seek after Him in His Word.  

These are six reasons why we are to spend regular devotional time with the LORD.  Please remember, we don’t do our devotions in attempts to earn God’s favour.  Instead, we do it because His favour has already been earned for the believer at the cross.  In Christ, we find ourselves in the presence of the Holy of Holies, completely forgiven and unconditionally loved despite our sin.  And with this understanding the Christian seeks for God everyday in Word and prayer, only to discover that He was everything he or she ever wanted.     

This week’s bible reading schedule:

Sun: Genesis 27, Matthew 19 Thu: Genesis 31, Mark 2
Mon: Genesis 28, Matthew 20 Fri: Genesis 32, Mark 3
Tue: Genesis 29, Matthew 21 Sat: Genesis 33, Mark 4
Wed: Genesis 30, Mark 1 Sun: Genesis 34, Mark 5